Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 14
13 The woman said, “Why then have you devised a thing like this against the people of God? When the king says this, does he not convict himself, for the king has not brought back his banished son? 14 Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.” - 2 Samuel 14:13-14
David has his second “you are the man moment” courtesy of a set up by his number one soldier Joab. David realizes what he has done in relation to his son but this does not turn out well for the messenger, Tekoa, or for Joab. They are both outed by David’s discernment and wisdom. This particular story does not end in this chapter but we do find out that his son, Absalom, returns to the city where David is located but is forbidden to see the king. For two years. To be continued. In the midst of this story of realizing what he has done we get this gem of an affirmation of God by Tekoa. You ready. It is God’s desire to devise ways, to seek ways, so that people separated from God do not remain separated from Him. I substituted the word separated for banished because banished is peculiar to this story. Separation is part of God’s story. Better yet, restoration is part of God’s story and we are reminded of two things. God desires. God seeks. No matter what level of separation you face in your relationship with God, he desires to restore the relationship and he seeks ways to make it happen. What a good, good God! I’m going to leave it right there.
Heavenly Father, what a good, good God you are and we proclaim that with all our heart right now. We just proclaim it! May we understand your desire is greater than any desire we have and your ways are higher than our ways. Thank you for seeking us when we stray away. Thank you for desiring a loving relationship with every person no matter how separated we become. In Jesus’ name we pray and declare. Amen and amen.